With Earth Day approaching on April 22, I’m elated to start our Great Outdoors series in a place near and dear to most of us – the garden. Thomas Jefferson once said, “No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.” With that, let’s not delay as we adventure into four homes with extraordinary spaces to showcase and grow your garden.
This historic estate tells the story of the history of England; through its incarnation from Royal deer park, to hunting lodge, to grand aristocratic residence welcoming great political characters, it certainly has been touched by greatness throughout its many years. The botanical gardens and grounds hold as much historic interest as the house and have a rich and architectural story to tell. The layout of the gardens dates back to the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries and their design is attributed to Charles Bridgeman and James Gibbs.
Gated and immensely private, a long driveway leads to the expansive motor court, primary residence, and guest house complete with high-end finishes and materials, soaring ceilings, and French doors throughout. The sprawling grounds feature an 80-foot swimmer’s pool, outdoor kitchen with pizza oven, koi ponds and mature gardens, and various outdoor entertaining areas amidst a stunning panoramic view of Napa Valley.
Boasting over an acre of land in the heart of the heritage district, you are steps away from cafes, shops and the finest restaurants. From the estate, you are five minutes to the lake and yacht club, where you will find breath taking views of the Toronto skyline in the evening. Built in 2010 by Ferris Rafauli, one of the world’s leading designers of ultra-luxury homes, there is not one detail overlooked; the formal grounds accentuate the beauty and serenity of nature, with custom designed fountains gracing both the front and back gardens.
Built in 1923, “Casa del Ensuenos” is a rare Venetian-Style estate offering six bedrooms in the main landmark house, a three-bedroom guest house, a dock with boat lift, large pool with cabana and lush, tropical gardens.